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Lower Genoa Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (1)

This section is a short steep climb out of Genoa Canyon leading to longer loops.


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1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

77%

Runnable

5,972' 1,820 m

High

5,002' 1,525 m

Low

969' 295 m

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Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Off-leash

Northern aspects may be icy and snow covered during winter months.

Need to Know

This is not family friendly for young kids. The trail is too narrow and the drop-off is too steep. This trail is not ADA accessible.

Description

This trail starts at the end of Carson Street in the historic town of Genoa, NV. Be prepared for some serious climbing, this trail has an average pitch of 500' per mile. Lower Genoa Canyon Trail consists of some tight switchbacks on a steep sidehill and can be narrow in places. Apart from the physical challenge, exposure can be intimidating to some runners. The switchbacks culminate in a knife edge ridge. While the ridge is not that hard, the feeling of exposure will add some excitement to the run.

The Genoa Loop can be used in either direction which means that some will enjoy running down the knife edge and through the switchbacks. Warning signs alert runners to the challenging terrain ahead. However, beautiful views of the Carson Valley will reward runners who make it to the higher elevations on the trail. The lower canyon faces northeast which means that it will have full sun exposure in the morning and shade late in the day. Use this to your advantage depending on the season you'll be running in.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson with improvements by Deb D

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This photo is pretty indicative of trail width and steepness of hillside along trail. Plenty of room to walk. But if this concerns you, it is not the hike for you.
Feb 7, 2020 near Kingsbury, NV
Lower Genoa Canyon Trail. Looking north west. Trail in lower left corner is indicative of trail condition.
Feb 6, 2020 near Kingsbury, NV
Lower Genoa Canyon Trailhead. About 1.5 miles in. Great view of Genoa below.
Feb 6, 2020 near Kingsbury, NV
Lower Genoa Canyon Trail about 1.5 miles in.  Looking out towards Carson Valley.
Feb 6, 2020 near Kingsbury, NV

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